Glenburn man accused of dealing meth

A 29-year-old Glenburn man is accused of intending to deal methamphetamine in Minot.

Jerrad Lee Lesmann is charged with Class A felony possession of meth with intent to deliver. The charge is aggravated because Lesmann was allegedly in possession of a firearm when he was arrested. He made an initial appearance in district court in Minot on Monday before Judge Richard Hagar. He could face up to 20 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted. Hagar set bond at $10,000 cash or corporate surety due to what the prosecutor said is Lesmann’s extensive criminal history.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a Ward County Narcotics Task Force officer notified the arresting officer that Lesmann had just picked up a large supply of drugs and was headed back into town on the U.S. Highway 83 North Bypass around noon on Sunday. Minot Police Officer Titus Clouse followed the car and pulled Lesmann over for driving 40 mph in a construction zone that set the speed limit at 35 mph. Lesmann appeared nervous to Clouse and had difficulty finding his insurance and registration.

Lesmann told police voluntarily he was wanted for reckless driving in Ward County. Police brought in a police dog that sniffed around the exterior of the vehicle. They eventually discovered a locked black safe behind the driver seat and a black backpack next to the safe. Inside the back of the backpack was a “distribution baggie” with about three grams of crystal methamphetamine inside it. Police got a warrant to open the safe. Inside the safe was more crystal meth, a utility blade with meth residue and $536 in currency, as well as a gun and ammunition.

Police allowed a passenger in Lesmann’s vehicle to leave on foot after they searched her and discovered nothing illegal in her possession.

– Andrea Johnson